Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fruitful Purchase





After having such good experiences with Laura Mercier's mineral powder and concealers, I thought it was high time I tried one of their blush offerings. ViviannaDoesMakeup cannot stop gushing about the Second Skin Cheek Colours, and when Barbara from ThePersianbabe and MissGlamorazzi started harping on about them too, after a couple of months, I caved, and Lush Nectarine was finally mine. 

I was mostly into pink blushes until recently, when I suddenly went off pink blush completely. I thought it looked too doll-like and unnatural. I embraced the corals, but now I want to dabble in peachy blushes, I can only ever find orange-peaches, when I want something slightly pink, but predominantly peach. NARS Deep Throat comes to mind, as does MAC Melba/Style, but I was thinking about Laura Mercier's Second Skin Cheek Colours for a while and decided to treat myself (not that I deserved it :S).
The Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Lush Nectarine is a lot more coral than the pinkish peach that I expected, but it's still pretty. It's a very summery peachy coral with slight golden shimmer shot through it, which doesn't really translate onto the skin but it contributes a slight glow. It does have some pink in it, but I guess my quest for the perfect pinkish peach blush is not over yet. I still love it, as it gives the same feel-good summery effect that BYS Coral does, but without the scary pigmentation and the possibility of applying so much that it looks sunburnt instead of healthy. The coral tones makes it perfect for light-medium skin tones, and I think it would look best on neutral and yellow-based skin tones. 

The texture of the powder is very velvety and smooth. It's decently pigmented, not quite as much as BYS Coral, but I'm glad for it because it isn't a nightmare to apply. I've used the Real Techniques Stippling Brush with it, as recommended by Barbara in her video, and it applies nicely and sheerly, adding just enough colour to look happy and healthy. The only downside to these cute little compacts is that you don't get a lot of product for your money- a whopping 3.6g of powder. NARS blushes contain 4.5g, while MAC blushes contain 6g. The Second Skin Cheek Colours are designed to be able to fit into their customisable palettes, so it has been packaged accordingly. To save people from wielding a knife and stabbing at their precious blush compacts, Laura Mercier have designed a secondary frame around the pan to pop up, leaving the blush pan exposed and therefore easily removable. The label on the bottom is attached to the pan, so that pops out too. It's such a thoughtful touch as depotting things usually necessitate a separate label. This way, you can't forget the name or brand. I dislike the highly reflective packaging though. It doesn't make for nice photographs. Pfft blogger problems.

Two blushes that look similar to Lush Nectarine in the pan are the BYS Coral blusher and the Australis Creme Colour in Flirtatious Pink. When swatched, they are completely different. Coral has more orange and the sheen is more obvious. Flirtatious Pink is darker and has more pink.



L-R: Flirtatious Pink, Coral, Lush Nectarine

Laura Mercier hasn't been fully established in Australian department stores yet- the full range isn't available, and none of the Second Skin Cheek Colours are in stores yet so I couldn't swatch any before ordering mine from StrawberryNet. I feel an obsession coming on though- the Laura Mercier products I own are such high quality and I definitely don't regret buying them, expensive as they are. :) 

17 comments:

  1. I haven't tried LM products but my friend does rave about their tinted moisturizer. We do have LM shops here but never really had the chance to went inside and check on their products. I'll probably stop next time and who knows I might fall for their products too ^_~

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    1. I love Laura Mercier as a brand and I highly recommend trying their products out, especially if you can find it locally! :) xx

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  2. I didn't know that they didn't have Second Skin cheek colours in Australia, I guess I wasn't paying much attention to the Laura Mercier stand in Myer. :S How much did you end up paying for it and from where? :D It's a gorgeous colour, and something right up my alley but I'm afraid I have many similar colours already :S xx

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    1. I bought it from StrawberryNet for a little under $30. I'm wanting MAC Blushbaby and NARS Deep Throat but those can wait until I don't feel so guilty about spending so much. I was disappointed that the Laura Mercier range at Myer was so limited! Ah well. xx

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  3. I actually really like it! It's such a gorgeous colour.. I think I might buy it for myself :)

    I normally don't buy Laura Mercier as I've kind of categorised it with brands like Clinique and Elizabeth Arden.. I'm just not too interested in those brands but this blush is really tempting me :)

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    1. I've never heard that before! I guess their concept and image are similarly wearable and not particularly unique, but the products are amazing quality. I was on the verge of getting Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour cream just yesterday! But I didn't, because I thought $25 for something like Vaseline was a bit of a waste. You should definitely try it out if you love the colour! I love the texture, especially after persisting with the Bourjois ones which are awful sometimes. :) xx

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  4. This is so beautiful! I've never tried anything from Laura Mercier but I would die to own one of the products! :)
    xx

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    1. Do give Laura Mercier a go if you're thinking about it! I'm loving their products at the moment. :) xx

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  5. Lush Nectarine looks beautiful! A nice orangey-coral with a hint of pink :)

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  6. Awwwww it arrived! Haha I know what you mean about not feeling like you necessarily deserved to splurge. But hey, yolo and all that. From your swatch, it looks really quite similar to BYS Coral, though that one is so pigmented that I never reach for it. The LM seems to be much more wearable and useable in that department :p I think this would be really pretty and appropriate for the upcoming summery months!

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    1. Hahaha indeed, yolo and all that. I think it's the rich man's version of BYS Coral- the colour and the powder are more refined. :) xx

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  7. Gorgeous color. I think you have convinced me to try it. I haven't tried LM blushes yet, but everything else has impressed me so far. xx

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    1. You should try them! The shades are all really wearable and flattering. I find all the Laura Mercier products have really impressed me too. :) xx

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  8. hi Cherie :)
    here you are!
    (i didn't realize you're on my reading list since your GFC was not linked to this blog. sorry!)
    this is such a juicy coral pink shade. i think LM has lots of excellent products like caviar sticks for example. i'd love to try her blush range as well. ;)

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I've recently fixed that up. I've never tried the Caviar Sticks- I've not been interested in her eyeshadows yet, but that might soon change. :) You should definitely try a blush or two if you're thinking about it! xx

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